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WTB - 1988 XR4Ti - Black Preferred

Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:16 pm
by jrtobb02
Hi All,
I'm new to club, and I'm trying to pick up a boosted Ford platform to have some fun with.
Already have a Mustang, so I've kinda got my mind set on the lesser known Merkur XR4Ti.

I looked at one last weekend, and the underside was too rusty for my comfort zone.

If anyone knows of a running XR4Ti up for sale, send me some info.
I'm in the Louisville area as a reference.

Must Have:
- Manual transmission
- Sunroof

Wish List:
- Black
- Rust free
- 1988, (w/o biplane spoiler) I'm planning to install an rs500 spoiler

Re: WTB - 1988 XR4Ti - Black Preferred

Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:57 pm
by Robert Urfer
How about black with a coyote motor and RS 500 wing. $30,000

Re: WTB - 1988 XR4Ti - Black Preferred

Posted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:01 pm
by jrtobb02
Not really looking for anything heavily modified.
Just something that is running, and mainly stock.
Looking to make a project out of this, rather than buy someone's finished project.
Its gotta have the 2.3L. My 5.4L is all the Mustang I'd want.

From what I can gather, a roadworthy XR4Ti, with some quirks, can be had for 5000 or less depending on condition?
Great low mileage examples push north of that?

Re: WTB - 1988 XR4Ti - Black Preferred

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:01 pm
by Andy82GT
I may end up selling my 85. Black with gray leather interior - driver seat multiple cracks, the rest good. Body and frame nice. It has 4 speed AT (A4LD), but I have parts needed for manual swap, except tranny and clutch. Some mods: Big VAM, IC, 3" exhaust, SVO ECU, upgraded brakes and suspension.

Let me know if interested, I can send you some pics.

Re: WTB - 1988 XR4Ti - Black Preferred

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:33 pm
by eaton53
jrtobb02 wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:01 pm
From what I can gather, a roadworthy XR4Ti, with some quirks, can be had for 5000 or less depending on condition? Great low mileage examples push north of that?
I think so. $5K shouldn't really have too many quirks.
There's a great example going across the block today, so we'll see how much it gets.

Re: WTB - 1988 XR4Ti - Black Preferred

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:06 pm
by merkurdriver
jrtobb02 wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:01 pm


From what I can gather, a roadworthy XR4Ti, with some quirks, can be had for 5000 or less depending on condition?
Great low mileage examples push north of that?
$5k should buy an extremely nice, stock (or lightly modified) XR4Ti with low miles and ZERO quirks.

None of us like the fact these cars are not worth near what they should be worth...however still an excellent opportunity if you are shopping for one.
I've sold many Merkurs $1,500-$2,500 that were driven home (many states away) without issue.
(Nothing on hand for sale right now, sorry).

Re: WTB - 1988 XR4Ti - Black Preferred

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:15 pm
by my8950
Andy82GT wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:01 pm
I may end up selling my 85. Black with gray leather interior - driver seat multiple cracks, the rest good. Body and frame nice. It has 4 speed AT (A4LD), but I have parts needed for manual swap, except tranny and clutch. Some mods: Big VAM, IC, 3" exhaust, SVO ECU, upgraded brakes and suspension.

Let me know if interested, I can send you some pics.
Curious about this...Also, did you do the A4LD swap on it?

Re: WTB - 1988 XR4Ti - Black Preferred

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:48 pm
by Andy82GT
PO had the C3 swapped to A4LD done by Hartwood (?) Automotive in Richmond.

Re: WTB - 1988 XR4Ti - Black Preferred

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:34 pm
by eaton53
Andy82GT wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:48 pm
PO had the C3 swapped to A4LD done by Hartwood (?) Automotive in Richmond.
Is that Mike's rebuild? If so, how do you like it?

Re: WTB - 1988 XR4Ti - Black Preferred

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:17 am
by merkurdriver
eaton53 wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:34 pm
Andy82GT wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:48 pm
PO had the C3 swapped to A4LD done by Hartwood (?) Automotive in Richmond.
Is that Mike's rebuild? If so, how do you like it?
Not my A4LD set up. I do know this car, though ( almost bought it years ago ).
Dave at Hartwood does good work.

Re: WTB - 1988 XR4Ti - Black Preferred

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 6:06 am
by Andy82GT
I like it better than a C3, and has nice hard 1-2 & 2-3 shifts. But I would rather have a 5-speed. Got all parts for swap except tranny/clutch.

If I don't sell it this winter, might do it in the spring...

Re: WTB - 1988 XR4Ti - Black Preferred

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:12 pm
by ablock
I've got a black 88 sunroof delete for sale right now on fb. 4200, runs and drives, clean title, loads of spares and new parts (not installed). No dash cracks, interior in good condition. Located in northwest indiana.